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post #31 of 37 Old 05-04-2012, 11:47 AM
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Any of you with horses that aren't used to bikes needs to borrow my kid on her purple bike, includes streamers, bells, wild clothing, and she's known to ride with a feather boa around her neck! LOL!
I use her to get my trail horses ready. We have a long stretch of road that leads to the horse gate and she hauls butt to it then slides to a stop before she hits it! Horses don't even flick an ear at her any longer. I also let her play frisbee with the dogs, throw sticks, play baseball, hoola hoop, have tea parties, and lead "wagon trains" around the yard when I'm working with them! Best horse trainer in the world!

Seriously I had a guy breeze by us on a dirt bike the other day and I could have killed him. We pulled over when we heard him and he didn't even attempt to slow down when he approached, I flipped him the bird when he was going past only to have him slide to a stop, throw rocks turning around and come say hi! Idiot was a kid we went to HS with. Saint horses stood their ground and acted like gentlemen, he didn't get the warm welcome he was expecting! I gave him what for.

You guys seriously need signs on such a highly used trail.
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post #32 of 37 Old 05-04-2012, 12:35 PM
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My horses run a gauntlet when they come to the barn from the pasture.. they have to go past a yard with dogs running at them barking madly.. Then they have chickens at the barn who will suddenly squawk at them and fly up suddenly as they go into their stalls. We drive a 4-wheeler and a golf cart all over the farm.. GREAT TRAINING!

The only thing missing is a bike!! I need to borrow your kid flygap and have her ride around.. send her on to my farm anytime!! (I miss having my daughter who seems just like her, they grow up fast.. enjoy her!)

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post #33 of 37 Old 05-04-2012, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mildot View Post
In some cases might makes right.

If a 200 lb biker wants to take on a 1200 lb horse, be my guest while I get the popcorn.

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post #34 of 37 Old 05-04-2012, 11:01 PM
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We are just in the process of developing multipurpose trails in our area and hearing all the problems with non horse riders and possible solutions is very interesting to me. I am afraid it will be a no holes barred kind of thing on our trails as the people try out their atvs, motorbikes even when they aren't supposed to use motorized vehicles (unless there is an emergency on the trail, so I am told). Wouldn't it be nice if we could all just be respectful towards others?
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post #35 of 37 Old 05-05-2012, 12:59 AM
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In our area, horses have the right of way on the trails. Period. Bikers approaching from the front are supposed to move off the trail a polite distance and remain stationary until the horses have passed and are a safe distance away. If they are coming up behind the horses, they are to call out and ask if they can pass. Not all bikers are aware of this, or care. My friend leads the dude string rides at our barn and had a run-in with a cyclist a couple of weeks ago. The guy got nasty and belligerent with her, even after she politely asked him to slow down and have a care because one of the horses on that particular ride was terrified of bicycles. It is actually posted at the trail heads that horses have right of way first, then bicycles, then hikers/runners.

When I went on a ride a few months ago with one of my friends (we were both unfamiliar with the section of the trail we were on at the time), we had a runner come up behind us. She was soooo quiet that we wouldn't have known she was there except that Aires started acting very nervous, which is VERY unlike him (we were following while my friend led). We moved over to let her pass once we realized she was there, however we asked her if the next time she came up behind horses like that, if she could call out to let them know she was there, as not all horses would react as calmly as ours did (Aires' nervousness consisted of his head up and ears pricked, which is the opposite of his usual trail demeanor of head long and low, and ears flopping).

There was a VERY bad accident on the trail leading up Granite Mountain by our barn (where our dude string rides go) a couple of years ago involving a horse and a cyclist. The cyclist was barreling down the trail with his earphones in and music blasting away. He wasn't paying one whit of attention to where he was going. There was a group of horses coming the opposite way and they didn't hear the cyclist coming at all. They came to a slight rise and the cyclist came flying over the hill. He collided with the lead horse (I believe the riders may have been trotting or cantering...I don't remember). The horse had to be put down right there on the trail and the rider and cyclist were both med-evacked to the hospital with serious injuries. Because of that incident, the Forest Service has started taking better care of that trail system (widened the trails and trimmed back the brush to reduce the number of blind corners) and put the right of way rules in place.
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post #36 of 37 Old 05-05-2012, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum View Post
My friend leads the dude string rides at our barn and had a run-in with a cyclist a couple of weeks ago. The guy got nasty and belligerent with her
Honestly, I would have a hard time restraining myself from stomping him into the dirt.
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post #37 of 37 Old 05-06-2012, 04:39 AM
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Originally Posted by mildot View Post
Honestly, I would have a hard time restraining myself from stomping him into the dirt.
She let our BO have that honor, actually. lol Our BO is an old cowboy type who doesn't take crap from anyone. My friend gave the cyclist our BO's number and told him to talk to the BO. The BO basically handed his a$$ to him and told him that he EVER harassed his wrangler (my friend) or his dude string again, he'd have to answer to the BO. Shut the guy up REAL quick. lol

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